Bigger space, better facilities for Mount Beauty Children in 2016

Children attending Mount Beauty’s Lake View Children’s Centre will soon be playing in a new flexible learning space.

Alpine Shire Council awarded the contract for the upgrade of the Lake View Children’s Centre during the December Ordinary Council Meeting.

Council’s Director Assets Charlie Bird said the upgrade now includes a brand new Flexible Learning and Community Space after Council agreed to fund the second stage.

“Stage one will be funded through the Victorian Government’s Department Education and Early Childhood Development ($350,000), Alpine Shire Council and Alpine Children’s Services, and in addition a range of community groups are making financial and in kind contributions towards the upgrading of the outdoor space,” he said.

“Stage two will be funded by Alpine Shire Council through reinvestment of the revenue from the sale of the Mount Beauty Girl Guides Hall, and Alpine Children’s Services.”

The Lake View Children’s Centre stage one upgrade will include modifications and extensions to the existing building to accommodate the growing number of children needing access to the service.

“Council has worked very closely with Alpine Children’s Services from the beginning of this project, from concept to preparation of the funding submission right through to the design development phase,” Mr Bird said.

“Through nominated Alpine Children’s Services representatives Jenny Griffiths and Julie Tryhorn, who have been fantastic to deal with throughout the project, this engagement has included input from staff and community members which, ensures the project will deliver on the needs of the centre and the community of the Upper Kiewa Valley.

“We also want to assure users of the Mount Beauty Skate Park that these works will not affect any plans for a possible expansion of the Skate Park, and should the expansion go ahead the two projects will be complimentary to each other.”

Mr Bird said on-ground works are expected to commence in mid-January 2016, and as a result Alpine Children’s Services staff will relocate the service to the Mount Beauty Community Centre before Christmas, ready for the commencement in the new year.

“As you would expect, the staff and children will need to be accommodated elsewhere while construction works are taking place on-site and after assessing a number of options in the area, Alpine Children’s Services deemed the Community Centre to best fit the needs of the children, and the safe operation of a childcare and kindergarten facility,” Mr Bird said.

“The service needs to continue whilst renovations are underway as it’s a very important service to families in the area.”

Regular users of the Community Centre have found alternative spaces for their activities and Mr Bird said a number of users still had access to the Centre.

“Council and Alpine Children’s Services have spoken and met with organisations and regular users of the Community Centre and alternative arrangements have been made with day-time users, and a number of night-time users can still be accommodated within the Centre,” he said.

“We realise that this obviously isn’t an ideal situation, but it’s great to see the amount of compromise that has been reached and works will be completed in April 2016.”

The Mount Beauty Toy Library and Lake View Children’s Centre will relocate to the Community Centre before Christmas and will reopen in the New Year.

These services will vacate the Community Centre in April 2016, in time for the Mount Beauty Music Festival.

The Mount Beauty Maternal Child and Health Service will be relocated to Alpine Health, Mount Beauty in the New Year.

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